Beautiful People: Adelle

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Unfortunately, I won’t be able to do Adelle’s Interview this month. I was ill and a bunch of stuff happened so I didn’t have enough time to sort it out. However, I will be doing Beautiful People for the first time this year! The questions are really interesting. Anyway, here we go:

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Adelle is one of the main cast of my webcomic-in-planning.

1. How often do they smile? Would they smile at a stranger?

Adelle smiles a lot. She’s more often smiling than not. She would absolutely smile at a stranger if she felt like it. Perhaps not if said stranger happened to scare her, but that’s pretty unusual.

2. What is the cruelest thing they’ve ever been told? And what was their reaction?

That her mother was never coming back for her. She retreated into herself for days and didn’t talk to anyone. Everyone’s been sensitive about the topic ever since.

3. What is the kindest thing they’ve ever been told? And what was their reaction?

That her mother would be proud of her, from someone that would actually mean something from. She didn’t really seem to have much of a reaction to it, but she was truly happy for the rest of that day.

4. What is one strong memory that has stuck with your character from childhood? Why is it so powerful and lasting?

Her mother singing to her (man we’ve been talking about her mother a lot this post). For some reason it’s the only really clear memory of her mother she has, so she holds onto it closely.

5. What book (a real actual published book!) do you think your character would benefit from reading?

I don’t know about benefit, but I think she’d really enjoy Howl’s Moving Castle and it’s sequels.

6. Have they ever been seriously injured? How severely? How did they react?

She’s had a fair few minor injuries but nothing very serious.

7. Do they like and get along with their neighbours?

She doesn’t have neighbours exactly, but she gets along well with pretty much every one in the Dove Organization (most of them live in the same building so they’re kind of neighbours).

8. On a scale from 1 to 10 (1 being easy and 10 being difficult) how easy are they to get along with?

About a 7 usually, I think. She’s very cheerful and friendly, though it is to the point some people might (and do) find it annoying

9. If they could travel anywhere in the world, where would they go?

Wherever her mother is (she keeps popping up, doesn’t she?). In a more general way, she’d love to visit Shinzhou some time.

10. Who was the last person they held hands with?

She holds hands with a lot of people. Likely the last person will have been Jackson though.

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An aesthetic thing I made for Adelle

Well, that was fun. Hopefully I’ll be able to do Adelle’s interview next month. In the meantime, I hope you all enjoyed this.

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A Month In Review: April 2016

Month In Review - Apr. 2016

Wow April feels like it just flew by. So I guess it’s time to do one of these posts again.

I don’t think we did all that much this month. My brother bought a game cube though, so we’ve had some fun with that.

I got a fair bit of art done, including birthday presents for friends, art for Miracusona Week and designing some Naruto OCs. Miracusona Week was a lot of fun, though my sister didn’t join in in the end and I had to skip day 3. While I was working on my Naruto OCs I met quite a lot of new people who are into Naruto. (also I discovered that fan made clans are a thing. An awesome thing.)

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things watched Apr. 2016

I only watched two new things this month. My sister convinced us to watch Hotarubi no Mori e and it was very sweet, incredibly beautiful and utterly heartwrenching.

We also watched Belle, which was very interesting, well made and thought provoking.

I also watched the Akagami no Shirayuki-hime season 1 dub and re watch Haikyuu!! with my dad though (Haikyuu!!’s become one of my favourite anime ever now).

Things I Read

things read april 2016

I read hardly anything either. I finished the Rave Master manga. It was awesome.

I read House of Many Ways, the last book in the Howl series. Like the other two books it was a lot of fun.

I also finally continued reading the Fruits Basket manga. It’s actually pretty dark.

On the Blog

For once I actually have a section for this! I did my first ever Character Interview with Marianne! It was a lot of fun and I hope to do one each month if I can.

Elsewhere on the Internet

Fandom Stuff:

Haikyuu!! Season Three is confirmed to be coming out this Autumn!

My Little Pony continues, with episodes ranging from okay to good. Highlights include a Spike Episode that was Actually Good (this almost never happens), and another reappearance from Trixie (who I don’t love as much as the fandom does, but it was still a really good episode)

Miraculous Ladybug seasons 2 and 3 are also confirmed, though as far as I know no air date as been announced.

Other Internet Stuff:

Next Month

We’ll be watching Captain America: Civil War in the cinema next weekend, hopefully. X-Men Apocalypse also comes out

It’s my birthday on the 12th!

I’ll be making a guest appearance on Stori Tori’s blog in a post about writing characters from England and Scotland.

Steven Universe finally returns with a four-week long event.

I’ll be doing a character interview with Adelle next, so I’ll be collecting questions for that soon. Hopefully I’ll be able to take part in Beautiful People this month as well. 😀

So that’s what I’ve been up to, even if it’s not much. How was your April? Is there anything you think I should try watching or reading? Looking forwards to anything in May? I hope you all have a great month!

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Interview with Marianne (Blue Team)

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Well, it’s time for the first character interview! I’ve never done something like this before so this’ll be interesting. Today I’ll be interviewing Marianne, the protagonist of my webcomic-in-planning, Blue Team. Thanks to everyone who left questions! Now, on to the questions.

Me: First we have a lot of questions from GoAgainstTheFlow on Ravelry. We’ll start with the easy ones. Question one: Do you like animals?

Marianne: *sits perfectly straight and still in her chair* Yes, generally speaking. My favourites are swans and snowbirds.

(note: Snowbirds are like phoenixes, but with ice instead of fire)

Me: Right. Second question: Can you speak more than one language?

Marianne: Yes. Other than Universal, I can speak fluent Svelmal and a little Shinzhou. I can also read Old Cardonian, and speak a little bit.

Me: Next question: Do you get along with other people?

Marianne: I try, but I don’t think I’m very good at it. I don’t generally seem to make positive first impressions no matter what I try.

Me: Question four: What do you like to do when you’re alone?

Marianne: If I don’t have any work to do, I mostly read or listen to music. Sometimes I practice my ice magic but I don’t really enjoy it.

Me: The next two questions go together so I’ll ask them at once: What gets you really angry, and what calms you down?

Marianne: *frowns and looks away for a while* I suppose when people push sensitive subjects. *pauses and starts again* There are a lot of things that irritate me but you’d have to push it pretty far to get me to snap. Just closing my eyes and ignoring everything is usually the easiest way for me to calm down.

Me: Right, last question from GoAgainstTheFlow: What’s your least favourite chore/responsibility?

Marianne: Training with my ice magic. It used to be fun but now it just makes me feel… bad. Still, it’s a necessary evil so I just train hard and try to get it over with quickly.

Me: Alright. Next we have three questions from charismac6 on Ravelry. First question: Do you like anyone?

Marianne: …I assume you mean romantically. In which case, no. Otherwise, I like most of the people at Dove more or less. They’re very nice for the most part.

Me: Question two: What’s your sister’s ability? (you know, if she has one)

Marianne: *stiffens* She doesn’t have an ability. Next question please.

Me: Alright. Last question from charisma: What are you most skilled at?

Marianne: *relaxes slightly* According to Cassandra and the others, it’s leadership. I don’t really agree though. I’m quite good at ice-skating though, if that counts.

Me: Right. Last we have several questions from Picklesthehamster on Ravelry. First question: Who do you find most hard to handle on your team?

Marianne: Johanna and I fight a lot, but she’s actually surprisingly cooperative during assignments and training. Elliot’s actually the hardest to handle. He doesn’t seem to understand the reason for rules, or if he does, he doesn’t think they apply to him. He’s also so good at arguing his point I can’t get him to follow them.

Me: Interesting. Second question: Do you like Music?

Marianne: I can’t play, but I do like to listen to it. I like calming classical music the most.

Me: Next question: Why do you wear blue all the time even before you were put on blue team?

Marianne: I don’t always wear blue; I wear quite a lot of white too. But anyway, it’s partly because I like the colour, but it’s also practically a family tradition. A little like how the Raikami clan wears a lot of black, but less official.

Me: Interesting. I hadn’t really thought about it before. Next question: Why are you the family heir, not your sister?

Marianne: *stiffens again, and looks away* Because I’m magically gifted and she’s not. It’s… traditional. How many questions are there left?

Me: Just one. What scares you the most?

Marianne: *still looking away* Letting people down, and not living up to their expectations.

Me: Well that was surprisingly candid. Anyway, that’s all the questions we have this time. I hope you all enjoyed that. Let me know if it’s something you’d be interested in seeing more of. Next month we’ll hopefully be interviewing Adelle. Thank you again for all the questions, and thank you for reading!

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Questions for Marianne!

Remember in my last post when I said I might start doing character interviews? Well, it’s time for the first one! This time we’ll be interviewing Marianne, the protagonist of Blue Team, the webcomic I’m planning. Here’s a bit about her (and a little bit about the rest of the main cast):

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Marianne is a magically gifted seventeen-year old Fey-Blood with the ability to manipulate ice. She lives in the futuristic forest city of Unity, where fairies, humans, and everyone in between can live together in peace. Due to her ability she’s the heir to the ancient and wealthy Svenson family, despite having an older sister, Sonja. Because of this she feels an enormous amount of pressure to exceed everyone’s expectations, and as a result has become overly formal and reserved, with few friends.

In an attempt to loosen her up, her father gets her to join the Dove Organization, a new branch of law enforcement devoted to protecting Unity from magical crimes. To her dismay she becomes leader of Blue Team, made up of several… unusual… teenagers: Jackson, a powerful empath who seems even more reserved than herself; Johanna, a reckless thrill seeker with enhanced reflexes; Elliot, a genius with absolutely no regard for rules or regulations; and Adelle, a mysterious and decidedly childish telekinetic.

Leave your questions in the comments below, and she’ll answer them hopefully on Saturday the 23rd of April!

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A Month In Review: March 2016

Month In Review - Mar. 2016

I had been planning on posting this yesterday, but then I decided posting anything on April Fool’s Day might not be such a great idea. So here we are. Once again, I didn’t blog at all this month. But I am determined not to let that happen again in April!

Happy Easter every one, by the way! (It totally still counts as being Easter) Hope you all had a nice time whether you celebrate or not. Now! On to what I’ve been up to this month!

I went to my first con this month! 😀 I went to Raicon in Glasgow with my dad and my sister. It was a relatively small anime con, and wow it was fantastic. My older brother came for part of the time too which was awesome. There were a ton of epic cosplays, and I got some absolutely gorgeous Studio Ghibli prints from Crafty Marten. I hope we can go again next year 😀

We also have Easter holidays now, which has been fun.

I did a ton of art this month, including a really big piece which was really fun.

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Things I Watched

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I discovered Miraculous Ladybug this month. It’s absolutely fantastic and certainly deserves the hype it’s been getting all over the internet. I also met quite a lot of new people through it, which was nice.

I watched Patema Inverted with my siblings on a whim, after seeing cool gifs on the internet. (that’s literally what happened). Holy mother of cheese, that movie was incredible. Super confusing, but incredible and thought provoking and absolutely gorgeous. Just go watch it already.

On Monday we went to see Zootopia in the cinema, and it was even better than I thought it would be. Disney’s animated movies just seem to be getting better and better. Another one you should watch as soon as possible.

Anime wise, loads of the series we’ve been watching finished this month. Prince of Stride came to a slightly rushed yet satisfying conclusion. Season two of Akagami no Shirayuki-hime ended and there was so. much. cuteness. Fairy Tail 2014 came to an end after two episodes of the Avatar arc after Fairy Tail Zero. The ending was so perfect it made me cry. Lastly, season two of Haikyuu!! ended rather openly. I’m looking forwards to season 3, which comes out some time this Autumn. That anime makes me so happy 😀

Things I Read

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Once again I didn’t read much this month. I really need some suggestions for books to try. I continued reading Rave Master, which continues to be interesting and enjoyable. I’m almost finished reading the Sherlock Holmes series. It’s a bit of a pain trying to find the last book. I also read the third Heist Society book, Perfect Scoundrels. It was pretty different from the first two, and I’m not quite sure whether it’s the last book or not.

Elsewhere on the Internet

Fandom Stuff:

The Fairy Tail anime came to an end (again). It’s been announced that they’re working on a new project headed by Mashima himself, but nothing’s been announced about exactly what the project is.

Season 6 of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic began with a relatively underwhelming two part opener.

Next Month

Captain America: Civil War comes out in the UK! Super excited for that.

Camp NaNoWriMo begins. I won’t be joining in but I hope those of you who are have a great time.

Akumasona/Miracusona Week One will be happening from the 20th to the 25th. Both me and my sister will be participating.

I’m hoping to start doing character interviews here! Basically all you lovely people (and probably some people from other sites as well) ask my characters questions and they answer them in an interview style post. Let me know if that’s something you would be interested in seeing.

Well, that’s what I’ve been up to! How was your March? Have you seen or read any of the things I did this month, and is there anything you think I should try? Have you ever been to a con? And would you be interested in seeing character interviews? I hope you all have a great April!

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A Month In Review: February 2016

Month In Review - Feb. 2016

Wow I didn’t really blog at all this month. Oops. Hopefully I’ll get some done in March. Anyway! On with the post!

There’s been more college this month. Now I’m doing Mondays as well. We went down to Surrey for a community retreat (again), which was actually pretty fun for once since the more… annoying… people weren’t there. My sister somehow managed to convince people to watch Attack on Titan with her. That was unexpected.

I’ve been working on a bunch of stuff for the two webcomics I’m planning (One being a fairly short MLP fan comic and the other being Blue Team)

Art wise, I’ve been working on developing my own art style more, which has been really fun. I’ve also gotten better at shading, and worked out how to do colour changes and use stroke stabilizers in Sai. I did a bunch of art I’m really happy with.

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Things I Watched

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I watched a ton of stuff this month.

Movies wise, I finished Inception with my dad. Wow that movie’s amazing people. Go watch it if you haven’t already.

My sister’s friend came over for a sleepover and brought every Studio Ghibli film ever with her, so obviously we watched some of those. First we watched The Cat Returns, which was a fun movie. It had quite a different style from the other Ghibli films we’ve seen, which was interesting. We also watched Kiki’s Delivery Service, which was also pretty fun, and in the more classic Ghibli style.

Then at the retreat we watched Source Code, which is another one of those Confusing Sci-Fi Movies. It was really good, other than the… rather odd ending.

I also watched a whole bunch of anime. First up was Akatsuki No Yona, and wow. That anime was amazing. Definitely one of my favourites. Go watch it already. (also don’t get put off by the abrupt bloodiness in the first episode. It’s way worse than anything else in the rest of the anime)

Next I watched Shirobako, which is an anime about, well, anime. As in it’s about making anime. It was a lot of fun, and also really interesting.

Then my sister finally got me to watch Chihayafuru, which is about a competitive card game, but is structured like a Sports Anime. It was actually surprisingly good.

I also watched the Fairy Tail Movie. It was pretty bad to be honest, but then anime movies are pretty much never good.

I literally only watched Sword Art Online II because I needed something action-y in between the calm, slow-moving episodes of Chihayafuru. And wow. It was actually way better than the first one (the first story-arc, anyway. After the first 14 episodes or so it seems to lapse into a bunch of less interesting mini-arcs). Still not amazing, and there were a few things I didn’t really like, but not something I regret watching.

RWBY Volume 3 ended on Valentine’s Day, and wow. It hurts so much. And not in a fun, this-hurts-and-it’s-amazing-can’t-wait-for-more way. No, just exhausting, emotional, agonizing pain. Let me just, cry in a corner for a few hours.

I also re-watched Ocean’s Eleven at the retreat, and started watching Noragami with my brother, who hadn’t seen it yet.

Things I Read

books read feb. 2016

I hardly read anything this month. I continued reading the Rave Master manga. It’s hilarious spotting all the things that are referenced or reused in Fairy Tail.

I won Heartless in a giveaway, and man I’m so freaking confused. I didn’t really understand anything that happened in that book and it annoys me. Please, someone explain.

My friend gave me Scorpion Mountain, so I finally got to read that. It was good. Not sure whether it’s supposed to be the last book in the series or not, but I’m happy either way.

Nothing really happened on the blog.

Elsewhere on the Internet

Fandom Stuff:

Gravity Falls came to a satisfying conclusion. Kinda sad that it’s over though.

Volme 3 of RWBY ended, and like I said it was painful. The fandom is coping with puns and fan art of dead people.

My brother and I caught up in Haikyuu! and… stuff happened.

Zeref made his appearance in Fairy Tail Zero (which I think is almost over), Akagami No Shirayuki-hime killed me with cuteness, the painfully long and pointless filler arc in Naruto Shippuden finally came to an end, and Prince of Stride continues with a whole lot of hilarity and angst.

The Lunar Chronicles are getting Graphic Novels, and Stars Above came out. (I still haven’t managed to obtain a copy, though)

and My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is confirmed to be returning in May!

Other Internet Stuff:

  • Imogen @ Gossiping With Dragons described the Elements of a Good Romantic Subplot
  • Stori Tori’s So Your Character is From… series kicked off with a post about Australia!
  • And Leonardo Di Caprio finally won a freaking Oscar.

Next Month

Fairy Tail Zero will probably come to an end, but I’m not sure if we’ll be heading onto the Avatar arc straight away or if there’ll be another filler arc.

I have a feeling I’ve forgotten something important but oh well.

How was your February? Have you seen or read any of the things I have this month, and is there anything you think I should try? Can someone please explain Heartless to me? What are you looking forwards to in March?

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A Month in Review: January 2016

Month in Review - Jan. 2016

Well, it’s a new year, and I have a new laptop! It’s wonderful. The year’s been pretty good so far. So let’s see what’s been going on.

I’ve been fiddling around with a bunch of new techniques and so on art wise, which has been fun and super helpful (finally I know how to do gradients in Sai) So while I haven’t gotten all that much art done, what I have done I’m really happy with.

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Things I Watched

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I watched more contemporary anime this month. First I watched Kimi Ni Todoke (which I actually started in December), and it’s very sweet.

Fairy Tail Zero began at the beginning of the month! It’s absolutely fantastic. I loved that spin off in the manga and the anime version captures it perfectly. (also the theme song is my favourite Fairy Tail opening yet)

I started watching Haikyuu!! with my younger brother. It’s about volleyball mostly, which is actually something I know next to nothing about, but it’s good anyway.

I also started watching a new anime, Prince of Stride, which is also about sports, though this one being about something that’s basically parkour relays (which is cool. Although apparently it’s not a real sport.) While it’s not technically particularly original, I love the characters so I’m watching it anyway. (Riku is just. the best thing.)

Movies wise, we watched Insurgent. It was good. Not nearly as fantastic as Mockingjay, but still good.

I also finally got to watch Inception, which I’ve been wanting to watch for like a few years but never got to till now (which is weird since we actually own it), with my dad. We’ve actually only watched about a third of it so far but I wanted to include it anyway. It’s been freaking amazing so far.

Things I Read

books read jan. 2016

I got a fair bit of reading done this month. I read a lot of Sherlock Holmes, and some of the old Naruto manga.

I also started reading the Rave Master manga, which is what Mashima wrote before he did Fairy Tail. It’s actually really good, and less cliche than I thought it would be.

I read some comic books for the first time, including an old Spider man comic, which wasn’t particularly good; and much newer Batgirl comic, which was considerably better.

Non-comics wise, I read:

  •  Darkness Reigns, the first part in Jill Williamson’s new fantasy series, which was good and very unique, if a little darker than my usual reading.
  • Castle in the Air, the sequel to Howl’s Moving Castle, which was quite different from the first book and quite good.
  • The latest Ruby Redfort book, which was considerably better than Book Four but perhaps not as good as the first three books.
  • Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer, the first book in Rick Riordan’s new Norse-Mythology-Based series, which was good. I don’t know nearly as much Norse mythology as I do Greek (which is weird considering I’m actually Scandinavian), but it was still fun.

On the Blog

I posted about my Top Ten Anime I watched in 2015. No prizes for guessing what came first.

Elsewhere on the Internet

Fandom Stuff:

As mentioned,the Fairy Tail Zero anime began, and it’s been fantastic so far. In the Fairy Tail manga, the fandom angst continues.

The second season of Akagami No Shirayuki-Hime also began, as well as the above mentioned anime Prince of Stride.

My Little Pony is confirmed to be returning some time in Spring, and we got a teaser clip.

Steven Universe had another Steven Bomb, which was amazing as usual, and then disappeared again.

RWBY continues, and the season is getting considerably darker and more depressing than any of the previous seasons.

Marissa Meyer’s next book, Heartless, got a cover reveal and excerpt

Next Month

The final book in the Lunar Chronicles series, Stars Above, comes out tomorrow!

The Gravity Falls finale airs on the 15th, after a full series marathon and a bonus feature thing.

So that’s what I’ve been up to so far this year. How’s your year been so far? Have you seen or read any of the things I did this month, and is there anything you think I should try? What are you looking forwards to in February?

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Top Ten Anime I Watched in 2015

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A lot of people have been posting about their top ten books read in 2015, so I thought I’d be weird and post about my top ten anime I watched in 2015 instead. (also I read over a hundred books in 2015 and I really can’t be bothered to narrow it down to just ten)

So! The way I’ll do this, the anime will be listed from least favourite to favourite because it’s more interesting that way. I’ll include a short synopsis in more or less my own words, my thoughts, and then a brief content advisory (because I know from experience it can be hard to find good content advisories for anime). Content advisories will be using more or less the British way of rating films because I don’t know how the American way works. I’ll be counting any sequel series as the same series because otherwise this list would be dominated by sequels. When it comes to titles, I’ll have the original anime title first with the English translation afterwards in brackets if there’s a difference. Now, with that out of the way, let’s take a look at this list!

First, some honorary mentions:

Kimi Ni Todoke (From Me to You), Ouran High School Host Club, and the first half of Sword Art Online

Now for the ones that made the list:

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10. Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun (Monthly Girl’s Nozaki-kun)
High school student Sakura Chiyo tries to confess her love to her schoolmate Nozaki Umetarou, but he mistakes her for a fan and gives her an autograph instead. Turns out Nozaki is actually a renowned manga artist, and Sakura ends up becoming his assistant. As they work on his manga they encounter other schoolmates who assist them or serve as inspiration for Nozaki’s characters. An incredibly silly romantic comedy ensues.

I don’t think I’ve laughed at any anime as much as I laughed at GSNK. The characters are all fantastic and delightfully silly, and it’s very entertaining all the way through. The only reason it’s at the bottom of the list is that I wish there was more of it, since several storylines are never quite tied off. All the same I’d highly recommend it if you’re looking for something light-hearted and fun that never takes itself too seriously.

Content: nothing particularly unsuitable. There’s some occasional suggestive content and mild slapstick violence. I don’t remember if there was any bad language, but there might be a little.

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9. RWBY (pronounced Ruby)
Fifteen year old Ruby Rose wants to be a Huntress, an elite monster slayer dedicated to protecting the fantasy world of Remnant from the dark creatures of Grim. When she’s moved ahead two years in her training and becomes a member of team RWBY, it looks like her dream is on its way to coming true. But dark characters are beginning to make their moves behind the scenes, and team RWBY might be up against more than they expected.
(Will you believe I couldn’t find anywhere else that had an actual description of what it’s about beyond the absolute basics? So that synopsis was hard to write 😛 )

Some people would argue that RWBY isn’t technically an anime, but since the definition of anime is kind of loose I’m putting this on here anyway (also it’s awesome so who cares). RWBY is an American-made fantasy web series and it’s fantastic. The animation and scripting can be a little awkward at times, but it’s still certainly worth watching. The story and characters are interesting and entertaining, and it has some truly fantastic fight scenes. I mean, look at this stuff:

I’d recommend watching all four trailers (Red, White, Yellow, and Black) beforehand since they include some backstory and other details that are handy to know. You can find the whole thing on the official website, or on youtube.

Content: There’s quite a lot of mild-to-moderate violence, but not really particularly gruesome and not much above PG level. There are a couple of instances of suggestive content I can think of but very clean for the most part. One or two uses of bad language, nothing worse than ‘damn’.

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8: Akagami No Shirayuki-hime (Snow White with the Red Hair)
When a young herbalist named Shirayuki’s unusual red hair attracts unwanted attention from a selfish prince, she cuts it short and escapes to a neighbouring country. There she meets a boy, Zen, who helps her after she heals his wounds. But the prince doesn’t give up so easily, and Shirayuki’s adventures are far from over. Will she be able to choose her own future? And who is Zen, really?

This was a very sweet and refreshing romance, set in a semi-fantasy world (it’s a completely made up medieval-ish world, but there aren’t really any magical elements). The characters, setting and plot are interesting and enjoyable. A fairly light hearted mixture of adventure and intrigue that’s enjoyable from start to finish. Season two started a couple of days ago, which has also been good so far.

Content: There are quite a few fight scenes with swords, several of them just being sparring. One of the fights has some blood and several people are killed, but there’s nothing too graphic. There’s a bit of suggestive content, especially in the first couple of episodes. In the first episode there’s (spoilers) mentions of a character being made another’s concubine, but nothing happens in the end. (spoilers ended) I think there’s occasional swearing, but again nothing worse than ‘damn’.

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7. Fruits Basket
16 year old orphan Tohru Honda is invited to stay with her classmate, Yuki Sohma and his cousins. When Tohru accidentally discovers that certain members of the Sohma family are cursed to turn into animals of the Chinese Zodiac when hugged by the opposite gender, a series of adventures ensue as she gets to know everyone in the family better. But it’s not all fun and games, and the curse holds terrible cruelty and heartbreak.

Okay, first of all, don’t get put off by the seemingly ridiculous premise. I was at first, and it wasn’t till someone mentioned how good this anime was that I actually watched it, and let me tell you, it’s wonderful. On the surface it’s very sweet and funny, but there’s a darker undertone just waiting to be uncovered. It made me feel all the emotions, and in my book that’s just about the best thing a piece of fiction can do. The one downside is that one of the major plot lines is never quite tied off in the anime, though the ending is still pretty satisfying. If you’re dying to know the rest of what happened afterwards you can always try the manga.

Content: There are several brief fight scenes and a fair bit of slapstick violence. The antagonist is quite abusive to several characters and it sometimes ends in violence. There’s some occasional blood but never too much. There’s a bit of suggestive content, but it’s mostly pretty clean. There’s occasional swearing, mostly ‘damn’ and ‘hell’.

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6. To Aru Kagaku no Railgun (A Certain Scientific Railgun)
Misaka Mikoto, aka ‘Railgun’ is a middle-schooler and one of the strongest ‘espers’ (people with supernatural abilities) in Academy City, a slightly futuristic city made up mostly of students and focused on the development of espers. But something dark is going on behind the scenes in Academy City, and it’s up to Misaka, her roommate Kuroko Shirai, and their friends to stop it.

An intriguing, exciting, and slightly dark science-fantasy, Railgun is not to be missed. The second season got too dark and violent for me (more about that in a bit), but the first season was one of the best mystery-adventures I’ve ever seen. It’s relatively slow moving, but exciting nevertheless. The characters are enjoyable, the plot is interesting and well thought out, and it has some great action scenes. (Also one of my favourite opening songs of all time, but that’s beside the point). It also has a lot of creative abilities and creative uses of abilities, which is always fun. It’s actually a spinoff of another series, To Aru Majutsu no Index (A Certain Magical Index), but you can watch it by itself without really missing anything other than a few cameos.

Content: (first referring only to the first season/series) Several fight scenes with mild-to-moderate violence, usually with fantasy elements. There are a few instances with blood but not anything too graphic. Mostly PG, perhaps sometimes slipping into a 12. There’s a quite a bit of suggestive content, especially in episode 2 (which I would recommend skipping since it’s not only the most inappropriate episode by far but also almost entirely pointless. My sister skipped it entirely and had no issues following the plot.) One of the girls has a crush on/attraction to Misaka which can get out of hand. This is mostly silly and played for laughs but can occasionally get slightly uncomfortable (especially in the aforementioned second episode). It never really goes anywhere and doesn’t really affect the plot, but some people might find it a little off putting. I think there’s a few instances of swearing, but once again nothing worse than ‘damn’. Concerning Season/Series 2: I only watched three or four episodes in before it got considerably more dark and violent than the first season, with a few bloody scenes, and an incident where a character loses a leg, which was not dealt with tastefully in my opinion. At that point it was too graphic for me so I stopped watching. So if you’re sensitive to that kind of thing, I’d suggest not watching season 2 at all. The first season is tied off quite neatly so it’s a pretty satisfying ending as it is.

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5. Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uoso (Your Lie in April)
14 year old former piano prodigy Kousei Arima has been unable to play the piano since his mother died. Then he meets Kaori Miyazono, a pretty, free-spirited violinist with an unconventional playing style, and she pushes him to return to the world of music.

This anime is beautiful. It’s about music, but also about dealing with death and how the way you live your life can affect the lives of others. It’s a gorgeous, emotional story with wonderful characters and a beautifully intertwining story line. Just go watch it.

Content: Occasional slapstick violence, sometimes accompanied by a little cartoony blood. Not really anything inappropriate. I don’t think there was any bad language but there may have been a little.

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4. Toradora!
Despite Ryuji Takasu’s gentle personality, his eyes make him look like an intimidating delinquent and as a result he has difficulties in making many friends. After a series of unfortunate chance encounters with Taiga Aisaka, whose delicate appearance and tiny stature contrast with her brutal personality, the two form a reluctant friendship to help each other get closer to their respective crushes. Things don’t go exactly as planned.

This has to be my favourite contemporary anime I’ve seen so far. The characters and their relationships with each other are a delight, and the dynamic between Ryuji and Taiga is fantastic. It’s a lot of fun, with all the emotions, and is overall a wonderfully entertaining and unusual story.

Content: a couple of very brief fight scenes and quite a lot of slapstick violence, mostly involving Taiga. One character gets a nosebleed during a fight, but that’s as bad as it gets. There’s some occasional suggestive content, but nothing outright inappropriate. A few innocent kisses towards the end. A fair bit of swearing, mostly damn and b****, both subbed and dubbed.

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3. Naruto
In a world of mystical and powerful enemies lurk in every nation, a legendary Nine-Tailed Demon Fox attacked the ninja village Konoha, killing many innocent people. In response of a desperate measure from the people, the leader of the village – the Fourth Hokage – sacrificed his life to defeat the demon fox. By sacrificing his own life, he sealed the demon fox into a very young boy named, Naruto Uzumaki. Naruto has lost his parents during the attack. He grew up in the village and was mistreated badly by everyone in town. With his loud mouth and careless attitude, he is determined to become the greatest ninja, hokage, in his village. Along with friends, and hope, Naruto trains to become a better ninja than expected.
(yeah I just used the official summary since it’s actually pretty good and I have no idea how to sum it up)

Naruto is fantastic. It has a huge cast of interesting, memorable characters, an interesting plot and setting, and brings all the feelings. It’s not without it’s flaws though. The first series can drag on for ages at times, with pointlessly long flashbacks (often in the middle of fight scenes) and a lot of time spent standing around explaining one’s moves instead of actually, you know, fighting. This does get toned down quite a lot in the sequel series, Naruto Shippuden, though. It also has more than it’s fair share of filler episodes to dredge through, though they’ll generally become easy to spot and skip after a while. Even with it’s flaws, it’s one of my favourite anime ever. When it’s not dragging on in filler and flash backs, it’s truly fantastic and certainly worth watching. Of course you can miss out on all the boring bits if you just read the manga, but there is a certain amount of awesomeness that comes with being animated, especially in Shippuden. If you’re up for something really long it’s definitely worth a try. I’d also recommend watching the two canon sequel movies, The Last and the Boruto movie as well. (Unusually I actually prefer the dub to the sub for this one, but that’s more of a personal thing and the sub is fine.)

Content: a lot of mild-to-moderate violence. They don’t hold back on the blood when there should realistically be some, but they don’t go overboard with it either. Characters will die, and there’s occasional loss of limbs and so on, but the worst of it is generally obscured or happens off screen. 12+ at least. Several of the villains and their methods can be pretty icky (human experimentation and so on) but again the worst of it is generally obscured or happens off screen. Occasional suggestive content, mostly PG in that area. A fair bit of swearing, mostly damn and hell. Some translations have the occasional s- or f-word, though the dub does not include them.

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2. Noragami (stray god)
Yato is a minor war deity without a shrine. In an effort to gain recognition he grants wishes for only 5 yen. When Hiyori Iki, a girl from a respectable family, tries to save Yato from getting hit by a bus, she dies temporarily but comes back to life. As a result her spirit starts to involuntarily slip from her body at times, and she offers Yato 5 yen to try and fix her. The two start to form an unlikely friendship, but Yato’s light hearted appearance hides a dark past…

Noragami is an interesting, well thought out, slightly dark fantasy. The characters, story, and world-building are all excellent, and come together to form one of the best fantasy series I’ve seen. There are some awesome fight scenes and other elements. It also brings all the emotions, from laughter to tears, which is always a good thing for me.

Content: this is probably the darkest series on this list that I watched all of. There’s quite a bit of mild to moderate fantasy violence, which can sometimes be quite bloody, especially in the sequel, Noragami: Aragoto. There are a few gruesome deaths, though the worst is always obscured or happens off screen. It can be quite frightening at times. The phantoms can be very creepy, and one of the villains is a bit horrific. There are a couple of instances of suggestive content and innuendos. There’s a bit of bad language, but I don’t think it gets any worse than damn or hell.

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1. Fairy Tail
17 year old Lucy Heartfilia runs away from home to try and join the infamous mage guild, Fairy Tail. Along the way, she meets Natsu Dragneel, a boy looking for his foster parent, a dragon called Igneel, with his friend Happy the Cat. After Natsu rescues Lucy from a sticky situation, he offers her membership to Fairy Tail, which he’s a part of. The three of them, along with armoured maiden Erza Scarlet and ice wizard Gray Fullbuster, become a team performing various missions offered to the Fairy Tail guild.

This is my favourite anime ever. I liked it so much that having exhausted the anime I went and read the entire manga, as well as the spin offs. It seems like a pretty silly, random, anime at first, but it gets better and better and better as the series progresses. It has a host of memorable and entertaining characters, and a plot that’s actually far more complex than it seems. It’s a long one, with almost three hundred episodes, but every bit of it’s worth it. (except the Eclipse Celestial Spirits filler arc, which is apparently terrible. Skip it. I did, and had no problems following the plot) It’s completely destroyed me with emotions, but that’s the way I like it.

Content: There’s quite a lot of mild fantasy violence, which gets a little worse as the series progresses. There’s an almost complete lack of blood in the first series (the first 175 episodes), to the point where it’s actually unrealistic. In ‘Fairy Tail 2014’ (episode 176 onwards) there’s blood occasionally when there should be blood, but it’s still pretty subdued and never goes overboard. Some of the arcs, especially the later ones, can get pretty dark, but I wouldn’t say it ever goes over a 12. There are fairly frequent innuendos throughout the entire series. Several characters, especially the women, have a tendency to wear fairly revealing clothing. There’s a fair bit of swearing in the sub (I haven’t seen the dub so I don’t know about that), mostly damn and hell. I think there’s an occasional s*** as well.

So, those are my favourite anime I watched last year! Have you seen any of these? Are there any you think you might want to give a try? Any you think I should try? Let me know in the comments!

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A Month in Review: December 2015

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Happy New Year! I can’t really remember much of what happened this month besides Christmas. Christmas was great, by the way. One of my brothers got Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 so we’ve been playing that a lot. It’s fun.

Art wise I got a fair bit done. I did a silly meme with Blue Team and did some requests for people. The best of my art this month:

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So, let’s see what else went on this month!

Things I Watched

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I watched a fair bit of anime again. First up was Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun, and it was cute and hilarious.

Next I watched Akagami no Shirayuki-hime, a very sweet and interesting medieval-ish anime (I want to say fantasy but I don’t think there were any magical elements. It’s a different world though so maybe it counts?)

Then I watched Show By Rock!! since a couple of people said it was kinda fun. It’s was pretty cliche and silly but it was fun I guess. The characters were so adorable though.

I also caught up in Naruto Shippuden and then went and read what was left of the plot in the manga. This thing was fantastic people. It’s very long and there’s a lot of filler arcs to dredge through in the anime but I’d still say it’s definitely worth watching.

Movies wise, we saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens in the cinema earlier this week. There were a couple of things I was a little iffy about but overall it’s really good. Go see it if you haven’t already.

Lastly my brother borrowed Mockingjay Part I from our neighbors so we watched that. It was incredible, and I actually liked it better than the book.

Things I Read

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I caught up in the Fairy Tail manga, as well as reading the Fairy Tail Zero spin-off. This thing is destroying me people. I love it.

I also got Howl’s Moving Castle for Christmas. Just like literally everyone told me, it was quite different from the movie. I loved it at least as much as the movie, possibly even more. (The movie is one of my favourite films, so that’s saying something)

Nothing really happened blog wise in December.

Elsewhere on the Internet

The Fairy Tail fandom was utterly crushed with feelings after a huge amount of massive reveals in recent chapters. The Tartorus arc came to an end in the anime, and Fairy Tail Zero is starting on Saturday.

Noragami Aragoto finished. I assume there’s going to be a third series but I have no idea when it’s expected to come out.

Next Month

School starts again. 😦

On the brighter side of things, Steven Universe will be back with Steven Bomb 4! Fairy Tail Zero starts, as does Akagami no Shirayuki-hime season 2! I expect other cartoons will be back as well.

Happy New Year! Did you have a good December? Looking forwards to anything in the coming year? Any books, movies or shows you think I should try?

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A Month in Review: November 2015

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This is pretty late, but oh well. I’ll pretend I’m writing it on the last day of November anyway XD

The main thing that happened this month was NaNoWriMo, which I won for the first time! I reached 50000 words on the absolute last day, but I did it! Because I was so busy writing, I did practically no art this month, so no gallery this time.

Things I Watched

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First we watched X-Men Days of Future Past, which was really good. I think I like First Class better though.

Then we watched Eagle Eye a couple of weeks ago. I actually saw most of it muted a long while ago (for reasons), but it’s freaking amazing.

I finally finished Naruto at the beginning of the month, and moved onto Naruto Shippuden. It’s so much better than the original, unusually. The first series is great, but it was also pretty flawed, and Shippuden fixed most of those flaws. The animation is better, the soundtrack is better, and they don’t waste nearly as much time on replaying scenes and having ridiculously long flash backs over and over and over again. Definitely recommend. (though you really should watch the first series first, at least the actually relevant parts, because I don’t think it’ll have the same emotional resonance if you’re not familiar with the characters)

Things I Read

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(this is actually a relatively small portion of what I read this month. There’s a good 20 more volumes of manga I read XD )

As you can see, my reading this month has been somewhat dominated by one thing. But let’s look at the other things first.

I read the second and third Nine Princess Novellas, Coralina and Heidel. Both of them were good.

I also read Winter! It was fantastic, and a perfect ending to the series, though so incredibly long. There’s still a short story collection to come out before the series is quite finished.

But what I read by far the most of this month was the Fairy Tail Manga. I’m becoming increasingly obsessed with this series. I’d definitely count it as my favorite fandom besides My Little Pony (It’s hard to word that in a way that makes sense 😛 ). I think I read a little less than 40 volumes altogether this month.

On the Blog

I managed to post four times this month, including the October Month in Review, despite NaNo.

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Fandom Stuff:

Season Five of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic came to an end, and what a season it was. Definitely my favourite one so far. The season finale included time travel, multiple apocalyptic timelines, and the first look at actual warfare in Equestria, and it was really fun to see all of that. The ending was pretty rushed, but the sheer creativity of all the alternate timelines has me itching to make fan art.

The Fairy Tail manga got a Christmas special, and I haven’t read it yet but apparently it was completely ridiculous.

The apocalypse continues in Gravity Falls. There’s now only the hour long finale to go before the series ends forever.

RWBY Volume Three continued, though the release schedule has been somewhat sporadic.

Next Month

Next month is December, which of course means Christmas and everything that comes with it!

Both Star Wars Episode VII and The Good Dinosaur come out, at least in the US. I actually have no idea when the UK release dates are. I should probably go find that out.

So that’s what I’ve been up to this month. Did you do NaNoWriMo this year, and if so how did it go? Have you seen or read any of the things I have this month, and what do you think I should try next? Have anything planned for December? I hope you all have a fantastic month!

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